Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard

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Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard
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Teaser poster
Directed by Luc Besson
Produced by Luc Besson
Emmanuel Prévost
Written by Luc Besson
Céline Garcia
Starring Freddie Highmore
Mia Farrow
Selena Gomez
Stacy Ferguson
Jimmy Fallon
Snoop Dogg
will.i.am
Logan Miller
Robert Stanton
Lou Reed
Penny Balfour
Jean-Paul Rouve
Ron Crawford
Music by Eric Serra
Cinematography Thierry Arbogast
Edited by Julien Rey
Production
  company
EuropaCorp
TF1 Films Production
Apipoulaï
Avalanche Productions
Canal+
Sofica Europacorp
Narfia Entertainment Group
Distributed by EuropaCorp (France)
20th Century Fox/The Weinstein Company (USA)
Entertainment Film Distributors (UK)
Release date(s)
  • November 26, 2009 (2009-11-26) (Germany)
  • December 2, 2009 (2009-12-02) (France)
Running time 93 minutes
Country France
Language English
Budget $63,000,000
Box office $78,520,547[1]

Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard (French: Arthur et la vengeance de Maltazard, also known in English as Arthur and the Invisibles 2 or simply Arthur 2 as well as Arthur and the Great Adventure for its UK re-release) is a French feature film with live action and animation co-written, co-produced and directed by Luc Besson, based on his novel of the same title and starring Freddie Highmore and Mia Farrow. EuropaCorp produced the film, which is the second in Besson's Arthur series, following Arthur and the Invisibles.

Plot[edit]

In 1963, protagonist Arthur stays with his grandparents for the holidays, during which the Bogo Matassalai (a fictitious African society) assign Arthur a series of tests including camouflage and environmental nonviolence. Having achieved these tests, Arthur prepares to see the Minimoys to celebrate until his father decides to take him and his mother back to the metropolis. A spider gives Arthur a grain of rice containing a distress-call, which he believes has come from the Minimoys; whereupon Arthur returns to his grandparents' house, where the Bogo Matassalai's attempt to give him Minimoy stature through a telescope fails, and they instead wrap him in vines of increasing tightness until he falls in a drop of sap into the Minimoy Max's bar.

En route to investigate the Minimoys' condition, Arthur and Max rescue Betameche, who leads Arthur to the King, to learn that Selenia is held by Maltazard, who is inspired to invade the human world by increasing his own size, and tricks the Minimoys into completing this design. The telescope itself is destroyed in the process, leaving Arthur trapped in his Minimoy size.

Cast[edit]

Voices[edit]

  • Freddie Highmore as Arthur
  • Selena Gomez as Selenia. Gomez replaces Madonna, who voiced the character in the original.The character was dubbed by French singer Mylène Farmer in the French version
  • Lou Reed as Maltazard. Reed replaces David Bowie, who voiced the character in the original.
  • Douglas Rand as Betameche/Clerk
  • Snoop Dogg as Max
  • will.i.am as Snow
  • Fergie as Replay
  • David Gasman as King/Bogo Chief
  • Leslie Clack as Ferryman
  • Alan Wenger as Mono Cyclop/DaVinci
  • Barbara Weber Scaff as Miss Perlanapple
  • Jerry di Giacomo as Proscuitto/Guard
  • Paul Bandey as Miro/Unicorn Chief

Home media[edit]

On March 22, 2011 20th Century Fox, the North American distributor for the Arthur films, released Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard and Arthur and the War of the Two Worlds in a two-movie direct-to-video release titled Arthur and the Invisibles 2+3: The New Minimoy Adventures. A theatrical release for the film was not given in the US after Arthur and the Invisibles was unsuccessful at the North American box office. However, the film was still released theatrically in Europe and also in the UK as Arthur and the Great Adventure.

UK version[edit]

Shortly after the third film Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds was released, the two films were edited into a single feature titled Arthur and the Great Adventure, which was given a theatrical release in the UK on December 24, 2010.

Reception[edit]

Both the original and UK versions received mixed to poor reviews. Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard is widely thought of as the weakest film in the Arthur series.[2]

Video game[edit]

To promote the film, a video game was released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Windows. The game composes of mostly minigames and cutscenes which are loosely related to the plot of the film.

Sequel[edit]

In 2010, a sequel titled Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds was released.

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